Welcome to the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.

Join us for Women Who Dared 2014!


Each year we come together for Women Who Dared, our annual awards ceremony and reception recognizing the important contributions local women leaders are making to positively impact the lives of women and girls in Chicago. This year we will be honoring Cook County Circuit Judge Gloria Chevere and Mariame Kaba – Executive Director of Project NIA on Thursday, September 18 from 6-8pm at Maggiano’s (516 N. Clark) in downtown Chicago.

Tickets are on sale now at http://wwd2014.eventbrite.com/ We invite you to join us as we celebrate the women making a difference in our community!

Questions can be directed to chicagonow.org@gmail.com

Thank you to our esteemed 2014 Host Committee: 

  • Honorable Kelly Cassidy
  • Ameshia Cross
  • Callie Czerkie
  • Dana Kelly
  • Honorable Robin Kelly
  • Amber Kirchhoff
  • Simone McNeil
  • Kelly Marie Murphy
  • Honorable Deb Shore
  • Honorable Sheila Simon
  • Mallory Sorenson
  • Honorable Mariyana Spyropoulos
  • Sue Straus
  • Cristina Villarreal

This year’s honorees:


Gloria Chevere


Judge Gloria Chevere has practiced law for over 32 years and has been dedicated to public service while holding high-level positions. She was elected Cook County Circuit Court Judge in 2006, and in 2012 she overwhelmingly won her retention race.  She is currently the Presiding Judge in Branch 23 in Chicago.

Judge Chevere was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico and moved to Chicago at the age of 5. Chevereattended Northeastern Illinois University and then attended John Marshall Law School.   

Soon after receiving her law degree she joined the Harold Washington administration as a Deputy Commissioner in the City’s Department of Planning and Development and was later appointed to serve as Senior Deputy Executive Director of the CTA.

Judge Chevere has been dedicated to fighting for fairness in economic and political power for all citizens. She has been a great defender of our constitutional rights and serves with honor and integrity as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.


Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA. From 2004 to 2009, she was a program officer at the Steans Family Foundation where her work focused on education, youth development and evaluation.

Mariame has been active in the anti-violence against women and girls movement since 1989. Her experience includes serving as the co-chair of the Women of Color Committee at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, serving on the founding advisory board of the Women and Girls Collective Action Network (WGCAN) and being a member of Incite! Women of Color against Violence.

Mariame considers herself above all to be a social justice educator. She has developed and taught courses about the history of black education, youth violence, urban education, and contemporary social issues at Northeastern Illinois University and at Northwestern University. She has written and published several articles and essays about urban education, youth leadership, and the significance of hair in the black community.

A Message from CNOW

In the past two weeks, the Supreme Court made two devastating decisions against American women. The first decision struck down a Massachusetts law that allowed a buffer zone to exist outside of abortion clinics, allowing women safe passage and access to receive the medical care they need. And just days later, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby in ruling that certain employers can deny women access to certain types of birth control in the insurance plans they offer– putting medical decisions in the hands of bosses instead of the individual

These disastrous rulings by the Supreme Court is not only a huge setback to women’s rights and women’s access to health care throughout the nation, but it also puts in jeopardy laws here in Chicago that protect women and provide them with equal access to medical care that they need.
But we’re not letting these rulings stand without a fight.
Yesterday, Chicago NOW stood with Governor Pat Quinn against the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling as he signed the Birth Control Referendum, which will appear on the Nov. 4ballot, asking voters if health insurance companies should be required to cover contraception. Please visit our Facebook page view photos of the press conference.
We must continue to stand up against these rulings and protect the progress we’ve made, and work to end this fight once and for all. Please click here to contribute $10, $25, $50, or even $100 today to help us in our efforts.
Your support today will help us be a voice against these attacks and continue our work in Chicago in protecting women’s rights and ensuring equality for all.